WATCH: Shoppers at a Walmart in Bainbridge, Georgia went crazy for towels during a Black Friday sale.
Black Friday shopping south of the border was accompanied by its usual share of brawl videos this year, but Canadians went about their discount shopping in a distinctly Canadian way, much to Twitter users’ delight.
Black friday in Canada….. oh excuse me… oh, sorry….. after you, no , really, after you
— Jackie Johnson (@me_17_12) November 25, 2016
Just went Black Friday shopping and heard/said "Oh Sorry!" about a trillion times. I love you #Canada !
— Faye Salins (@BombayDiva) November 26, 2016
Global News videojournalist Kelly Greig witnessed this display of Canadian-style door-crashing in a Best Buy store in Montreal.
— Kelly Greig (@KellyGreig) November 25, 2016
In America, Black Friday has become synonymous with stampedes and fights among shoppers vying for once-in-a-year deals.
Impressed by the courtesy and calm on show in Greig’s video, many Americans took to social media to applaud their northern neighbours.
Did y'all see how Canadians do Black Friday?!!! Americans we need to take notes
— KIM LEE (@OfficialKimlee) November 25, 2016
black friday shopping in canada looks so much calmer and everyone looks so much nicer, america step up your game
— kaitlyn (@idekkait) November 25, 2016
But some Canadians suggested that the comparative civility of Black Friday shopping in Canada may have more to do with the shortcomings of the deals on offer.
Canada is culturally distinct from the US in that our Black Friday deals are absolute garbage.
— The 3 Fav Kid (@SomeCleverPun) November 25, 2016
Black Friday deals in the US: $1000 tvs for $200.
Black Friday deals in Canada: $1000 tvs for $900
— Caseydilla (@casteelsfeels) November 25, 2016
Black Friday in Canada is way too laughable. Like buy 3 get 3 free.. Really?
— Steven Kuran (@stevkuran_) November 25, 2016
A post-Thanksgiving shopping staple in the United States since the 1930s, Black Friday has only gained traction in Canada in recent years.
According to the Financial Post, the concept of Black Friday began to take off north of the border in 2009, when the loonie was near parity with the American dollar, prompting Canadian retailers to offer discounts to dissuade Canadians from hopping the border in search of deals.
A Global News report Thursday cited surveys that found one in five Canadians planned to spend in excess of $350 this Black Friday.
– Story by Rahul Kalvapalle, National Online Journalist at Global News.